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Bangladesh PM Ditches India, Shows Tilt Towards Pakistan: Report

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid hasn’t been meeting India’s high commissioner despite repeated requests in the last four months, while Bangladesh’s relations with Pakistan and China have been improving rapidly, according to Indian English daily The Hindu.

The Indian newspaper quoted a prominent Bangladeshi daily Bhorer Kagoj as reporting, “Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das tried for four months to get an appointment with the prime minister of Bangladesh but did not get it.”

The daily reported that the pace of all Indian projects had dropped since Bangladesh PM Hasina’s re-election in 2019, with Dhaka giving more support to Chinese infrastructure projects. “Despite India’s concern, Bangladesh has given the contract of building an airport terminal in Sylhet to a Chinese company,” the article stated.

According to the daily, the Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) had been awarded the contract to build a new terminal in MAG Osmania Airport of Sylhet that borders India’s northeastern region – a sensitive area for New Delhi.

The local Indian newspaper reported that Bangladesh PM Hasina’s office is actively supporting stronger ties with China; an angle which was visible in the rapid improvement in ties with Pakistan in the last 10 months. Relations between Bangladesh and India hit the sack after the Indian government passed the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and initiated the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Moreover on July 22, PM Imran Khan held a rare telephonic conversation with Bangladesh’s premier in a rare occurrence of diplomacy as the two estranged countries seek betterment in diplomatic ties.

“Pakistan is committed to deepening fraternal relations with Bangladesh on the basis of mutual trust, mutual respect and sovereign equality,” said PM Imran Khan, according to a statement issued by Prime Minister Office on the occasion.

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